Red Bull grabs 6 points at São Paulo

Christian Horner: "... the drivers did their utmost to bring home the best possible result."

Red Bull grabs 6 points at São Paulo
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11 at the start of the race
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10 retired from the race on the opening lap
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing

Daniil Kvyat, Finish Position: 7th Start Position: 6th*

“Today we extracted pretty much the maximum out of what we could have done. Unfortunately we got undercut by Force India at the first pit stop which compromised our race a bit. After that I was following Hulkenberg all the time and it was quite hard to find a place to overtake. We were stuck behind him trying to attack but they were controlling us in a straight line so it wasn’t easy, I got in DRS range a couple of times but it didn’t really help. Anyway we have to be happy with those 6 points at this track. All in all we had a very controlled qualifying yesterday and a controlled race today, so it couldn’t have been much better.”

Daniel Ricciardo, Finish Position: 12th, Start Position: 19th*

“In the first few laps we made up some positions and did what we could and then we went for an aggressive first stop. When we put the primes on, we didn’t really have the tyre life we thought we would so we still had to do a three stop race, running at a pretty similar pace to the cars around us. Parts of the race were a little bit boring, although I had a nice battle with Sergio for a few laps, which was encouraging. I had to get around him twice and that kept me excited for a while. Clearly my grid penalty didn’t help today, but Abu Dhabi’s next and that has always been a good circuit for us. I enjoy it a lot so for the last race of the season we’ll hopefully finish strong and in the points.”

Christian Horner, Team Principal: “We knew this was going to be a difficult track for us and we were proved right this afternoon, even though the team and the drivers did their utmost to bring home the best possible result. Overtaking is very difficult here and we couldn’t match the pace of the quickest cars down the straight: we clearly weren’t alone in this as only four cars finished on the lead lap. Dany finished where he qualified to bring home some valuable points. As for Daniel, who made up seven places from his grid position, we tried giving him a short final stint on the softer tyre to see if he could catch and pass some cars in the closing laps but today it didn’t pay off.”

Matthieu Dubois, Renault: “It has been a tough weekend for us and to be honest the Paris attacks have overshadowed anything that has happened here in Interlagos. We decided from the outset to take a heavy penalty to introduce a new engine specification and learn as much as we could. We know there is still work to extract the performance. The penalty resulted in Daniel finishing out of the points, but the result with Daniil could not have been a lot better. Nevertheless it is positive to see all the measures introduced are paying off in terms of reliability again, including the new engine. Above all we would like to reiterate our strongest thoughts to the victims of Friday and their families.”

*Car number 26 qualified in P7 and car number 3 qualified in P9

Infiniti Red Bull Racing

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